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An Engineering Grand Challenge-focused Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program: Purpose, Outcomes, and Evaluation (Evaluation)

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Professional Development for Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers

Tagged Division

Pre-College Engineering Education

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

11

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https://peer.asee.org/32059

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5

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Jerome P. Lavelle North Carolina State University

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Jerome P. Lavelle is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of engineering economic analysis, decision analysis, project management, leadership, engineering management and engineering education.

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Laura Bottomley North Carolina State University

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Dr. Laura Bottomley, Teaching Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Elementary Education, is also the Director of Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place at NC State University. She has been working in the field of engineering education for over 20 years. She is dedicated to conveying the joint messages that engineering is a set of fields that can use all types of minds and every person needs to be literate in engineering and technology. She is an ASEE and IEEE Fellow and PAESMEM awardee and has starred in a Super Bowl commercial.

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Amber L. M. Kendall North Carolina State University

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Amber Kendall is the Coordinator of STEM Partnership Development at The Engineering Place at North Carolina State University. She recently received her PhD from Tufts University, where she worked as a graduate research assistant with the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. She graduated from North Carolina State University as a Park Scholar with a BA in Physics, and spent several years teaching physics to high-school freshman. Amber's primary research interests include K-12 teacher professional development for integrated STEM curricula and elementary student engineering design thinking and practices. When she is not at work, Amber enjoys spending time with her family designing games, building LEGO, and fabricating costumes.

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Matthew T. Stimpson North Carolina State University

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Matthew Stimpson is the Director of Assessment in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs at NC State University.

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Abstract

This paper provides details on administering a NSF-funded Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site grant. The experience was organized with stratified laboratory research teams solving Engineering Grand Challenge-focused problems. Described here are the research questions and outcomes related to the development and impetus behind stratified teams, and how literature from a variety of disciplines suggests diversity of thought and viewpoint are strongly correlated to high function teams. Detailed also are the types of research activities the teams participated in, the content and focus of the professional development activities, and an overview of the developed lesson plans.

Lavelle, J. P., & Bottomley, L., & Kendall, A. L. M., & Stimpson, M. T. (2019, June), An Engineering Grand Challenge-focused Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program: Purpose, Outcomes, and Evaluation (Evaluation) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32059

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